|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Class||Compact crossover SUV|
|Body style(s)||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Ford C1 platform|
The Ford Kuga is a compact crossover SUV produced by Ford Europe. The car is based on the C1 platform that also underpins the Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are offered, while only a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine is currently available.
The Kuga went sale in the first half of 2008, and is built at Ford's plant in Saarlouis, Germany. In the UK, emphasising the car's premium market aspirations, only high-end Zetec and Titanium specifications are offered. It is similarly priced to the other small SUVs in the market such as the Citroen C-Crosser and the Vauxhall/Opel Antara, and is on sale in the UK with a starting price of around £20,500. The combined fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg and the CO2 emissions is 169 g/km.
On July 20, 2007, a report indicated that Ford executives were considering the prospects of sales in North America.  This idea was later scrapped after it was determined the car could not be sold both competitively priced and at a profit in the US due to the current dollar-Euro exchange rate. On July 24, 2008, WDIV-TV had announced that Ford Motor Company is re-considering bringing the Kuga to North America after all.
In Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Slovenian, Bosnian and some other Slavic languages (mainly present in Eastern Europe) the word "kuga" is a direct translation of the word "plague." That is why the company was thinking about changing the name of the car in this markets but eventually decided not to.
In some parts of Norway the word 'Kuga' is plural for penis. It is also a negative slang word used when talking about a group of people acting like idiots. The fun part is to call a local Ford dealer and ask how many 'penises' (kuga) he has sold today.
- Ford Kuga Owners Club
- Ford Media Release and Official Sketch
- Kuga production is started - the first real picture
- Ford Kuga Teaser site
- Ford Kuga CNET.co.uk microsite
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